Mahurin Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects


Diversity and Community Studies

Document Type



This research documented the transformation of the house at 503 Regents Ave. in Bowling Green KY into a model home of sustainability by the WKU Office of Sustainability as a case study. Using the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Core Concepts, the benefits of weatherization (window upgrades, insulation, sealants) to the building, the addition of a solar energy array and utility grid intertie, and the transformation of the back yard into an edible landscape and community garden to mitigate stormwater flooding issues were assessed. Collaboration between the Office of Sustainability, students, university entities, and community members were encouraged and documented as a record of activity. Procedural and Institutional barriers to sustainability initiatives, such as liability insurance for solar arrays installed on commercial or public buildings, were analyzed for solutions or workarounds. Exceptional results, such as the collaborative community gardening organization Project Grow, are described to serve as a model to other institutions.

Advisor(s) or Committee Chair

Dr, Judy Rohrer


Environmental Policy | Urban, Community and Regional Planning